"We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."Thomas Merton on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."Thomas Merton on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."Thomas Merton on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"Thomas Merton on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."Thomas Merton on Mahatma Gandhi
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
"Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how."
"Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life."
"Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it."